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Luke Travins doesn’t much like the proposed public improvement fee that Mayor Lionel Rivera has been peddling to downtown establishments during the last several weeks.

The voluntary 1 percent fee, which bars and restaurants would collect from patrons to help finance the U.S. Olympic Committee’s new headquarters building, has serious structural problems, said Travins, who is part-owner and regional manager of Concept Restaurants, which owns Jose Muldoon’s, MacKenzie’s Chophouse and The Ritz Grill in downtown.

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Mayor Lionel Rivera was pounding the pavement last week, soliciting support for a 1 percent public improvement fee that would be collected by the Downtown Metro District on downtown restaurant and bar sales. Revenue generated by the fee would be used to secure a $1 million loan from the Colorado Office of Economic Development to… Continue Reading Mayor peddling new fee to salvage USOC deal

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The 81611 ZIP code, which is the south end of Aspen, is the most expensive neighborhood in the country, boasting a $6.5-million median home sale price, according to the Forbes luxury home index, a list of the 500 priciest ZIP codes in America. Snowmass, 81654, and Snowmass Village , 81615, and aren’t far behind, landing… Continue Reading The most expensive neighborhood in the nation: Aspen

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As roads go, Academy Boulevard is a newcomer. As recently as the early 1960s, there was no Academy Boulevard — just a dirt road running through the unpopulated prairie east of the city limits. Growth changed all that, and brought with it the unplanned, unanticipated and eminently unworkable suburban model that would characterize many Sunbelt… Continue Reading It’s not too late to save Academy Boulevard from a slow, linear death

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Total personal income in the Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area during 2007 increased by 3.7 percent from 2006, according to figures released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The Colorado Springs MSA population of 607,858 ranked 83rd out of 366 MSAs in the nation. In 2007 Colorado Springs had a per capita personal income… Continue Reading Area personal income increasing but lags national average

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Walking from the Business Journal’s office on Platte Avenue to meet my geezer homies for coffee last week, I thought about Jane Jacobs. The author of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” Jacobs was the first urbanist, as we’ve come to understand the term. Written during 1961, the book is a devastating critique… Continue Reading Zoning plan looking back to ensure the future of downtown

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Imagine a “Great Race” which takes 25 years, goes to Pueblo and back, costs the participants $17 million, and at the finish rewards the winners with 3,000 pages of, at least to a layperson, incomprehensible bureaucratese. That, said Colorado Springs Utilities spokeswoman Janet Rummel, is “an apt metaphor” for the long ordeal surrounding the preparation,… Continue Reading Projects like SDS rise and fall on environmental impact studies

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Angelou Economics’ market assessment of the Pikes Peak region says that Colorado Springs is a beautiful place to live, but it paints a less than pretty picture overall. The region scores high on many “quality of life” issues such as natural beauty, recreational opportunities and climate. The study also gives the region high marks for… Continue Reading Angelou Economics study: great views but future looks bleak

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Economics: the dismal science. Making fun of economists: a respected journalistic subcategory. Pretending to understand economics: our incurable national delusion. And one of the most persistent of our national delusions, one which affects businessmen, politicians, the employed and the unemployed alike, is that of autarky. True believers know how to cure whatever economic ills may… Continue Reading Time to let the air out of the feel-good ‘buy local’ bubble

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Unemployment, both nationally and regionally, has reached a 25 year high, as companies shed workers to adjust to the faltering economy. Here in the Pikes Peak region, it’s hard to find businesses that are adding workers, anticipating higher sales, and looking forward to a profitable summer – unless you drive up to Cripple Creek. Thanks… Continue Reading Putting everything on the tables

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